Zero Beat 01 2012

Mid-South Amateur Radio Association

January, 2012

Please Note New Meeting Date Change to First Thursday

Next meeting is Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 pm

The January meeting will be back at the Police Precinct at 6850 Whitten Bend Cove. Map and directions are on the web site.


We will review the proposed budget and talk in general about some activities this year. We need your input to help work out a plan. Because the meeting is early in January we didn’t have as much time to plan over the Holidays so we will go over things in general terms.

Randy VanVoorhis will be at the meeting and start the ball rolling to get up a new software order. Be thinking about what you need. If your dues aren’t current we won’t take your order, so bring your check book.

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party was a great time and the decorations were beautiful. John and Jean Parish did another outstanding job of decorating the room for us. Please pass on your appreciation to them.

Dues for 2012

Please pay your dues for 2012. Dues are $15 per person or $20 per family. John Parish will be collection dues at the meeting. Remember; no dues, no software order.

Holiday Thought by Tony Brignole

I wish everybody a holy, happy, merry Christmas, and a very good New Year.

I thought I would attach a Christmas Carol to the email newsletter this time. It was not as easy as I first thought. I love all Christmas Music both secular and religious and was having a difficult time deciding which one to use. Many of the ones I like are in foreign languages. Many of you know that O Holy Night was actually Cantique de Noel and was written in French. Gesu Bambino is beautiful in it’s melody and simplicity and it is in Italian. Silent Night was actually Stille Nacht - Heilige Nacht, written in German for guitar because the organ was broken for Midnight Mass. Panis Angelicus, of course, was written in Latin as was Adeste Fidelus (O’ Come All Ye Faithful). Then it finally came to me while in church last Sunday. I would go back to the first Christmas carol. It dates to around 200-300 AD and was sung at Mass on Christmas. It was set to chant at the request of Pope Gregory I, around 600 AD. It is now sung at nearly every mass throughout the year after the introductory scripture reading. Growing up we sang this almost every morning at mass before school started. One of my fondest memories occurred several years ago at 10 am Sunday Mass in Notre Dame. The entire congregation of several thousand were signing along with the choir and the extremely large cathedral was in reverberation. There were people of all nationalities; Americans, English, Italians, French, Germans, Russians, Spaniards, Africans, Asians, all singing together - in Latin. The metal folding chairs and stained glass windows were literally vibrating.

Attached at the top is an mp3 file of the “Gloria” from the Christmas Mass of the Angels (Missa de Angelis). It is sung in “Plain Song” by the Benedictine Monks of St. Michael’s Abbey. You can hear the Priest intone the

“Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and the choir answer. The English translation is below.

Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace to men of good will.

We praise you

We bless you

We adore you

We glorify you

We thank you for Your great glory

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

O Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

You, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us

You who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

You who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

For you alone are holy

For you alone are the Lord

For you alone are the most high, Jesus Christ

Together with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.